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David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-847) interviewed by Bonnie Kind and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-847

Videotape testimony of David K., who was born in Praszka, Poland in 1921 and moved to Wieluń at age seven. He recalls his oldest brother's emigration to Palestine; German bombing of their home; fleeing to Piotrków Trybunalski, then Radom; Germans burning Jewish books and scrolls in Bełchatów; returning home; forced labor clearing bombing rubble; deportation to Poznań; slave labor building roads in Loebau, Żabikowo, and Kreising for Organization Todt; transfer to Kreuzsee, then Eberswalde; slave labor in a munitions factory; assistance from one German guard; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; finding a cousin; assignment to Rajsko, then Buna-Monowitz, working for I.G. Farben; Allied bombings in summer 1944; public hanging in October of three prisoners who had organized an underground; transfer in January 1945 to Oranienburg, then Flossenbürg; a death march to Dachau; liberation by United States troops April 29; returning home; a non-Jewish friend returning family possessions (he continues to stay in touch with her); reunion with his brother who had been in Palestine; living with relatives in Switzerland; emigration to Israel; marriage; living in Switzerland and Ulm; and emigration to the United States. Mr. K. discusses surviving due to luck; a trip with his sons to his hometown; nightmares; and difficulty expressing his feelings in words.

Author/Creator
K., David, 1921-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
March 9, 1987.
Locale
Poland
Praszka (Poland)
Wieluń (Łódź, Poland)
Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Bełchatów (Poland)
Poznań (Poland)
Ulm (Germany)
Israel
Switzerland
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-847). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.